[Osmf-talk] seeking funding ideas

SteveC steve at asklater.com
Thu Apr 29 20:30:21 UTC 2010

It was tried as others have pointed out. OSMs funding model (begging) was pretty baked in by 2007 let alone 2010. I'd certainly advise any new open project to make a go of trying something different simply because the vast majority of projects are either closed+commercial or open+begging. There are nicer intermediaries but you have to stomach all the flames.

I say begging as it's dictionary definition is closer to what we do than donations.

Yours &c.


On Apr 29, 2010, at 6:11 AM, Morten Kjeldgaard wrote:
> I was thinking of this idea just today, and then I saw this thread. Here is
> my input:
> What if companies, for a fee, could pay to have icons with their logo on the
> osm.org map. The logo should have the same size as other icons, and as the
> other icons, only visible at a certain zoom level.
> Say for example, a petrol company, that would like to have their logo on the
> map instead of the ordinary "gas station" icon or a fast-food chain that
> would want their logo, instead of the standard "fast-food" icon.
> The fee does not need to be high, since there are many companies, and if the
> idea is succesful, the competitors of those with logos on the map would have
> to follow. (This is were we come in: "XXX have their logo on our map, what
> about you?" :-))
> I am sure this could generate a nice flow of funding for OSMF, and for
> users, it would also be quite useful, since these company logos are in fact
> landmarks you can use to orient yourself.
> Just an idea... if you hate it, that's OK :-)
> -- Morten
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